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Rosales hopes to reign in Sanya
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After a decade of success on the US LPGA Tour, Jennifer Rosales of the Philippines is returning "home" - to Asia - to play at the Sanya Ladies Open, which is tri-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour, China Golf Association and Ladies Asian Golf Tour (LAGT).

However, it would be a trans-continental affair as Rosales has vowed to take part in the tournaments in Asia and the US LPGA.

For now, Rosales begins her quest on the Asian circuit by playing the back-to-back Sanya Ladies Open and Suzhou Ladies Open.

The three-round Euro200,000 Sanya Ladies Open will be played at the Yalong Bay Golf Club beginning Friday, while the Euro300,000 Suzhou Taihu Open - also a tri-sanctioned event - will be played next week from Oct 28-30 at the Suzhou-Taihu International Golf Club.

Rosales has voiced her interest about playing in the LAGT events and she's all excited and ready to bring her experience of playing in the US LPGA to the Asian golf courses.

"It's good to be back playing in Asia. I've won many events in Asia as an amateur, but I've not won any as a professional on this continent. So, I'll start my Cup pretension here. The LAGT is a perfect platform for players around the globe who are playing in the their respective LPGA Tours - like Japan, Korea, US and Ladies European Tour (LET). This is because it attracts very strong women golfers and the opportunity to gear-up for the Japan, US, LET and Korea Tours that normally begin in March and April next year," said Rosales.

A two-time winner on the US LPGA Tour and also a winner of the 2008 Women's World Cup of Golf (with Dorothy Delasin), Rosales' presence on the LAGT would certainly add more flavour, variety and quality.

The younger sister to Gerald, a professional playing on the Men's Asian Tour, Rosales - Southeast Asia's most noted woman professional - said she was looking at making waves in Asia.

A member of the Asian team for the 2005 and 2006 Lexus Cup, Rosales' two wins on the US LPGA were Chick-Fill-A Charity Championship, hosted by Nancy Lopez in 2004 and SBS Open at Turtle Bay in 2005.

She has struggled with injury the last couple of years but is fit again and rounding into good form.

"I hope to make news again. I've recovered from my injuries including my right wrist though it is not completely healed yet, but the healing is pretty good. My game is still affected by this. I'm not at the top of my game yet but I reckon that my current form is enough to convince me to play the two back-to-back events and another in India in December," said Rosales adding that she is now able to hit well and counting on her form right now to hit the right notes in Asia.

LAGT president cum Commissioner Koichi Kato is also all excited in accepting Rosales' entry on the Asian circuit. He said: “Jennifer loves the opportunity to play on our Tour - some of which are jointly sanctioned with LET and CGA. Her participation would definitely attract a lot of interest and publicity for the LAGT and in particular in the Philippines."

Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei's Hsieh, Yu-Ling, who got her maiden win at the Swinging Skirt Open last month, is ready to make it a back-to-back wins when she tees off at the Sanya Ladies Open beginning Friday at the Yalong Bay Golf Club.

The 19-year-old from Taipei, however, was not pleased with herself at the driving range this morning. "I was not hitting the ball well, but it does not mean I cannot win. I'll get it right as I have another day to work at the on my shots," Hsieh said.

Winning US$18,000 for winning the Swinging Skirt Open last month was something she had not expected being a teenager. "I thought was not ripe enough to be a champion but now I know that even a rookie can win if she can put her game together," she said.

For Hsieh, the main point of contention here will be the winds. "The winds are very strong. Even some of the golfers that spoke to also voiced their concern. I kind of know how to handle the situation. But it is my confidence that is making me eager to go for a back-to-back win, despite knowing that the field is very strong," Hsieh said.

Hsieh added that at this stage of her life, she needed to go for wins to drive her interest and mould her into competitive mood.

"But I'm not going to get blown away or carried away as it will have adverse effect on me," she said.

 

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